This 36 County Rural Resort Hotel camping place is a good choice if you want to visit Qiandao Lake and need a place to stay overnight, the only problem is the distance, about 50km.
After spending the day at Qiandao Lake needed to head for the campsite, which is 54km from the ferry terminal. The road was not the best, and it started to get dark and late. Luckily the campsite was open, and the staff was very friendly and welcomed us. Check passports and exit/entry stamps + green code in the app.
A minor headache with the electricity connection occurred, but finally, we found the correct socket. Reminder, there are three socket standards in China. Currents are 10A to 16A, depending on the socket.
No water tap is available at the parking location, but the security guard pointed out a filling station for the water. To our surprise, they had dig water pipes on Sunday, and we could fill the RV without moving it. Thumbs up!!
Two other RVs had been parking here, but as it was so late, we did not want to bother them. Around 20:00 hrs, the camp was set, and quickly BBQ was on. We used one-time use BBQ, one of the best ones we have used and provided by the rental company. I have tested many types earlier, and the price is only about 40CNY/pcs. If interested, my wife is selling those.
After a well-slept night, we took a walk around the campsite. This place is clean and has some bamboo forest in the surroundings. Many trailers and cottages are in the area for rental. Large swimming pool in the middle of the camping site, but as we were there off-season, it was empty. According to personnel, this place will have many people swimming in the peak season. Today it was quiet as the fellow RV campers also left.
Notice that 300m from the main gate, a new water park is been built, and I suspect it will be ready summer of 2021.
I have been practicing together with my daughter to fly with the drone, but many times forgot to push the record button 🙁 Therefore the videos are quite short. I even “took” some video of the campsite from above, but the file is missing. Maybe it never existed. Well, practice and learning from mistakes is what makes life interesting.
Short video of the surroundings. As seen in the video, the water park is very close.
This is a very quiet place, and there are not many shops or restaurants in proximity so prepare some food/snacks if you don’t want to drive out.
You can have some breakfast in the main building. On weekends it is buffet type, and on weekdays, they will bring you some to your table. It was a bit pricey, but the buffet and the weekday breakfast did not leave you hungry. The price was 56CNY/person.
Afternoon we walked around the 36 County Rural Resort Hotel, camping in surrounding areas. Not so much to see, some houses and a small groceries shop with basic stuff (a good section of cigarettes and liqueur). The small shop we visited was a sleepy local shop with a granny sitting and watching us. Locally-made honey was also available, but as we already have honey from Xi’an, we passed on this one. We took a quick tour of the bamboo forest and found some roots we would use later at dinner. I asked locals for permission to pick, and this was OK if I did not pick up too many. Also, one camping staff helped to find additional smaller roots and was eager to show us where to pick. This was inside the camping, so you could get roots easily for cooking if needed.
You have several choices for staying at 36 County Rural Resort Hotel camping, so let’s go thru them one by one.
This could be an option instead of staying at Qiandao Lake hotels.
First of all, staying with own RV/motor home.
Price was alright with 200CNY/day, including water/electricity and facilities. The parking was beside a big grassland, and you would need a long extension cord for connection if several RVs at camping. Here you can take out your camping table, sit outside, and watch the kids play.
The Colorful hotel on top of the hill.
This hotel was made from containers, and the rooms were spacious and very nice. Big terrace on the backside for morning coffee or a beer in the evening. Some small activities, like a pool table, are available in the basement. What we know about the price is off-season, and that is 500-600CNY/night
The next one is the lodging houses.
These rooms are very spacious, and all of them have different themes. There are family rooms, farmer rooms, and so on. It is worth mentioning that each of them has a balcony and private front yard with a fence around it. Each house has two separate rooms for 2 families. The quality was superb and very nice. The pricing varies; we only have the off-season price, which would be around 700-2100CNY/day. The swimming pool is just beside and easy to access.
The trailer park is populated with KNAUS trailers.
The quality should be on the better side. There are a couple of different sizes and bed arrangements, so you need to check it out depending on your needs. In front of the caravan, you have plenty of space for breakfast if you want to eat outside. All caravans have A/C, cooking possibilities, and showers/toilets. The price is off-season and goes with 300-500CNY/day price tag.
Dinner time after a long day and cooking the fresh veggies
The evening came quickly and I prepared some dinner with fresh bamboo roots. As usual, it is not the lightest dinner, but it tastes so good to eat outside, without the noise of Shanghai’s busy streets. We always prepare easy-to-cook and prepared foods, sausage, spaghetti, tuna, and salads. You can always visit local restaurants (if there are any) if you want to have some changes.
We always prepare easy-to-cook and prepared foods, sausage, spaghetti, tuna, and salads. You can always visit local restaurants (if there are any) if you want to have some changes. Avoid any food supplies that need to be cold all the time.
This is normally how our refrigerator looks when starting the trip
Now it is time for the ratings again. The ratings can be higher when the nearby water park opens.
36 County Rural Resort Hotel camping | Road trip | Easter 2021 | Day 3
- Easy check-in. No hassle. Only needed to show my exit/entry stamps + visa
- All Staff friendly
- Quality of the lodging in the hotel, trailers, and houses
- Water/electricity available for RVs
- Breakfast-maybe to lower the price a little bit
- Many activities in the area
- Big swimming pool - offseason not filled but summer would be perfect.
- When ready, The water park
- Movie nights outside on the large screen
- Kitchens for campers
- Clean and quiet
- Outside we could find only one small restaurant and shop.
- Distance from everything, except the water park.
- Could not find a washing machine but I suspect they have it.
- For RVs, it could be made an own area with some own space.